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Update: McQuirter addresses jail contraband issue

HINDS COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

If you visit the "blackgohard" Instagram site today, you won't find the pictures and videos that we found earlier this week. They've been removed.

The images show inmates smoking, flashing gang signs, and using cell phones inside the Hinds County Detention Center in Raymond. The inmates are in for all levels of crime; red jumpsuits indicate a Capital Murder charge.

Darrel McQuirter, President of the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, saw our story and discussed the issue with us.

"The Sheriff's Department has made numerous stops as far as stopping contraband from getting in, but there are still some things getting in," said McQuirter. "I talked to the Sheriff Department about it, they are aware, they are addressing the issue."

On January 7, three people were arrested for trying to throw contraband over a razor wire fence at the facility.

McQuirter recognizes it's a nationwide problem, not isolated to Hinds County. He says it's too early in the investigation to determine if guards are giving the inmates cell phones and smokes, as many of our viewers have been telling us on Facebook.

"They're investigating the entire incident right now with inmates, guards, reviewing everything," he said. "We just want to send a message that we are going to make a difference in the county in addressing these actions. I'm surprised these young people have taken the pictures they've taken and put them on social media. Everyone knows who they are, and we know who they are as well."

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